SEA Games: Malaysia bag first ever rugby gold

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Singtel unveiled the first of its "Power On" video series to support Team Singapore as they head to Kuala Lumpur to compete at the 2017 SEA Games starting tomorrow.

This is the sixth time Malaysia is hosting the regional Games after holding the competition in 1965, 1971, 1977, 1989 and 2001.

The Malaysian team, parading close to 900 athletes and led by world champion Azizulhasni Awang, Cheong Jun Hoong and Mohd Al-Jufri Jameri, received the loudest cheer from spectators as they entered into the stadium.

The crowd roared with approval when over a dozen former and current national sporting greats including soccer legends Datuk James Wong, Datuk Shukor Salleh and Datuk Santokh Singh, sprinter Datuk Rabuan Pit as well as bowling star Shalin Zulkifli made an appearance in the opening ceremony.

Swinging into action are Donnie Navarro and Eric Brando II in the men's individual sabre event and Maxine Esteban and Samantha Catantan in the women's individual foil competition.

The Vietnamese athletes will strive to pocket 49-59 gold medals to rank in the top group at the biennial games.

This is only the third time that the sport is being held in the Sea Games, with the title returning to Malaysia.

The Games' swimming events are scheduled from Aug 21 to 26 at the National Aquatic Centre in KL Sports City, Bukit Jalil.

"Our defence were awesome today". "I have to congratulate them as they continuously frustrated us in our attacks but we managed to keep our composure and strike hard when opportunities arose".

The "Power On" video series will be aired on Singtel TV and social media channels during the SEA Games from 19 August through 30 August.

After the introduction of the official mascot Rimau, the ceremony continued with the march of contingents from participating countries, namely Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor Leste, Vietnam and Malaysia. The country's sports associations have set a goal of 109 gold medals in Kuala Lumpur, but Thai delegation chief Thana Chaiprasit said it might take at least 120 golds to beat Malaysia for the overall crown.

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